The speaker of Afghanistan’s parliament, Mir Rahman Rahmani, and some other members of the lower house on Wednesday said that the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan--in light of the current circumstances--poses the threat of a civil war.
The lawmakers also said that the main goals of the US war in Afghanistan was to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and to create good governance, which they said has not been achieved.
“The withdrawal of these forces is a desire of the Afghan people, but at the moment, the conditions have not been made for this to happen, there is a possibility of the return of civil war and this will change Afghanistan into a hub of international terrorism,” said Rahmani.
“The US has a responsibility to its people, they saw that it is difficult to work with these people (Afghans), so they decided to leave,” said MP Ziauddin Aryayeenezhad.
Some other lawmakers meanwhile accused the US of betraying the Afghan people by giving enormous concessions to the Taliban.
Lawmakers said that now that the US has decided to leave, the Taliban should abandon the war.
“It means whatever we have should be given to the opposite side (Taliban) as generosity, but this is a great, oppressive act against the people,” said MP Nahid Farid.
MPs said that if the US leaves the country with a decision by the UN Security Council, their two-decade presence in Afghanistan will be considered an occupation of Afghanistan.
But Mirwais Nab, the Afghan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, thanked the US for its assistance over the past two decades and said that the withdrawal of foreign forces will not pose threats to Afghanistan.
“The entire system that has been set up is to represent a united Afghanistan, an Afghanistan where all the people can see themselves--a part of which is our security forces. We do not see any serious danger," said Nab.